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“For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.”  John 5:21

Every summer close to 500 middle school and high school students, along with 100 student ministry leaders attend Camp Whatever. A highlight of every year, we see life change happen when Jesus shows up and does something huge in the lives of teenagers.

As a church it is our desire to see students’ lives radically transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. We long to see Jesus bring life to the dead. So many middle and high school students attempt to find life in playing sports, money from their jobs, and popularity at their schools instead of looking at the giver of life, Jesus.

David McCaman, our Bangkok campus pastor and camp speaker, challenged students to see the lifeless epidemic our world sells us compared to the life that Jesus died for us to have.

During the two weeks, God brought life to the dead. We saw 46 students receive life through salvation along with 43 take a step of obedience through baptism. God is doing amazing things in and through the student ministry at LifePoint.

Thank you for you prayers, financial support, and ability to lead students to a Christ-centered life as they chase hard after Jesus.

Post by Dustin Dozier, LifePoint High School and College Pastor. Dustin has a great vision to see students running after Christ with everything they have so that they can be a light in this world. Dustin is married to Sloan, and they have three fun, energetic sons- Zion, Triumphant, and Noah. You can connect with Dustin on Twitter and Facebook.

VBS 2013 SCC

VBS 2013, “Zapped”, was an incredible week for elementary age children at both our Stewarts Creek and Smyrna campuses. Numbers only tell part of the story. But, they do give a great glimpse of the impact of our faith community serving families in Rutherford County and beyond. Over 1200 children participated in VBS between our two Rutherford County campuses. VBS 2013 saw more kids worshiping, connecting, and serving than ever at a LifePoint children’s environment. 300+ adult and student leaders gave their energy and time to produce a caring and fun environment. Children heard about the love of Jesus, connected in relationships, and engaged in tangible activities to bless others outside the circles of our church.

VBS 2013 SMYHow wonderful for children to be setting the pace for mission. What an inspiration to see boys and girls embracing the beginnings to live sent. Read these accomplishments for the Kingdom by our children:

  1. Children decorated water bottle labels with verses and prayers that are being distributed to the homeless this summer (a partnership with LifePoint Room in the Inn).
  2. Kids assembled packages for foster care families with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brush, stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons, and a hand-made card. They are going to kids on their first night after being placed in a foster home (partnering with Rutherford County Foster Parent Association).
  3. We had such a great response from our school supply bags we gave out last year that many local schools asked for them again this year. Kids assembled bags with basic school supplies such as pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, and erasers.
  4. Boys and girls put together bags of snacks with hand-made cards for families at the Ronald McDonald home.
  5. Money was given for LifePoint’s mission trip to South Mexico. The money we donated went to purchase stoves for many Mayan families. Between both campuses the kids raised over $6800. The money is VBS 2013 Offeringgoing to support daily mission projects and the Mayan families.

Thank you parents for making the time and taking the effort to allow boys and girls to participate in activities that will shape their worldview. Leaders and volunteers, way to go!

LP Kids: Patience

In May, LP Kids will learn Patience in our SoulStation series “Keep It Cool”. As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. Parents, you can be prepared to point your kids to Jesus this month from the article below provided by the ReThink Group. Be sure to check out more resources as you point your children to Jesus: the Parent Cue App, GodTime Card, and Parent Cue Card.

From the very beginning, God has shown patience with people. All the way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve first chose their own way instead of God’s, God started His plan to give all of us a chance to come back to Him. And time and again, God is patient with us when we make daily choices that separate us from Him. He waits for us to turn back to Him.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

In Week One’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). Because he can’t wait, Esau ends up trading his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t give up what’s best for something immediate.

In Week Two’s Bible story, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35) and asked Aaron to build an idol for them. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9–2:1). Even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time.

In Week Four’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitudes while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. Something He still does today.

By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

clc_320x160The Creative Learning Center in a ministry of LifePoint Church in Smyrna. Simply put, we want to love the kids and families that God brings to us.

Our philosophy maintains that a child should have a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally. While teaching the children is our primary focus, we also seek to minister to the needs of the families.

Preschoolers learn through their five senses and those senses are developed through hands on developmentally appropriate activities. The Creative Learning Center provides a Christ centered atmosphere for children to learn and play. We believe our program is in part building a foundation for faith in preschoolers. We seek to enable them to grow and learn as children of God rooted in Christian values so that one day they can respond to Him in faith and love. Spiritual concepts are woven throughout the day’s instruction in Bible stories, songs and scripture. We strive to have children ready when they move on to “big school.” It is believed that children learn through watching, hearing, and modeling; therefore, every staff member and teacher is aware of the role they play in the Christian development of young children.

The Creative Learning Center also stresses that a child’s work is play. The importance of play and having a good time is at the heart of all teaching and instruction provided in our program.

We offer a 2 day program for 6 months-4 years of age. Children may attend our Monday/Wednesday program OR our Tuesday/Thursday program. We have a 4 day preK program for children who will enter kindergarten the next fall. The preK program is Monday-Thursday.

Registration for Fall 2013 is now open to the public. We fill all spaces on a first come first served basis. Registration fee is $90 for our 2-day program and $100 for our 4-day preK program. Registration fees are due at the time of enrollment and are non- refundable. Tuition is $168 for our 2 day program and $282 for our 4-day program. Tuition is due the first month of school, August – May.

To register, you can come by the Smyrna Campus anytime between 9 and 2 Monday- Thursday and pick up registration forms.

Here’s a great example of the impact CLC has on the kids in the program. This is the baptism video of Bethany Clardy. Notice that she thanks her CLC teachers who helped instill the foundation of Christ in her life while she was still a preschooler. This is what the ministry of CLC is all about.

Post by Becca Wilson, Creative Learning Center Director. Becca and her husband Scott have been key leaders at LifePoint for many years and have a great passion to see people impacted by the Gospel all over the world. They have three active boys and a beautiful baby girl. You can connect with Becca on Twitter and Facebook.

 

LP Kids March 2013

In March, LP Kids is diving into Honesty. As we lead kids to reflect Jesus, we desire them to be boys and girls who are honest and trustworthy. Parents, you can be prepared to point your kids to Jesus this month from this article below provided by the ReThink Group. Be sure to check out more resources as you point your children to Jesus: the Parent Cue App, GodTime Card, and Parent Cue Card.

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was. God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did. God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did. God told Mary that she would have a baby boy—she did.

Jesus said He would die and rise again three days later—He did!

Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true; He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God.

But the same should be true in our own lives. If we want other people to trust us, we need to live honest lives. When we tell the truth and we follow through with our promises, other people learn to trust us. But when we cover up who we are, what we’ve done, or we constantly break our promises, then the people around us stop trusting us. They begin to wonder if, in the Moment of Truth, can you be trusted?

The monthly memory verse is: “An honest person has respect for the Lord,” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV. Living a life of honesty shows that we respect God and the people we care about. We can find a way to be truthful and still careful of the feelings of those we care about.

In Week One’s Bible story, Jacob’s sons lie to him about what’s happened to Joseph (Genesis 37:17-36; 45:25-28). They broke their father’s heart by telling him Joseph had been attacked by animals. Our Bottom Line is: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about. Regardless of our reasons for lying, someone eventually gets hurt.

In our Week Two Bible story, we meet Gehazi, Elisha’s trusted servant (2 Kings 5, NIrV). When Gehazi lies about accepting gifts, he can no longer be trusted and suffers a great loss. Our Bottom Line is: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. Honesty is also about consistently speaking and living truthfully and acting on what we say.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Zacchaeus was a thief and considered a traitor to his people (Luke 19:1-10). When he decided to follow Jesus, Zacchaeus worked hard to earn his community’s trust. Our Bottom Line is: When you are truthful and make things right, you build trust. When we admit we have not been truthful, we can earn back other’s trust.

In Week Four, Judas betrays his Teacher and Friend for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 45-50; 27:1-5). Judas spent every day with the Truth but still chose dishonesty. Our Bottom Line is: You can lie so much that it’s hard to remember what’s true. So often in our lives, one lie leads to another as we have to cover up the stories we told before.

Week Five is Easter! In this week’s Bible story, we’re examining some of the amazing things Jesus said and the most amazing thing He did (John 3:3, 16; 14:1-6, 28-29; John 18-20). Jesus made some incredible statements about Himself that even some of His followers had trouble believing. But our Bottom Line is: When Jesus came back from the dead, it proved that what He said was true. When we have doubts about God, we can remember He kept the biggest promise of all.

Living an honest life may sometimes be hard. It might mean admitting when we’ve done something wrong or made an embarrassing mistake. It might mean passing up a chance to sneak an extra turn and win the game while your friend isn’t looking. Or it may be as simple as following through on the things we have promised. Whatever the circumstances, this month look for ways to be honest so that others can trust you.

By Daniel Scott ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.